How To Use Apple Earbuds on a PC

Apple Earbuds On Pc

Apple Earbuds offer superior sound quality, which works seamlessly with non-Apple devices. But when it comes to connecting them with a Windows PC, it may seem confusing as a PC has both mic and headphone jack.

Quick Answer

To use Apple Earbuds on a PC, connect them to the 3.5mm jack of your PC. Next, type “Sound Settings” in the search box and select the first result. Under the “Output” section, click “Choose Your Output Device“. Instead of speakers, select “Headphones“. 

This article will guide you on using Apple Earbuds on a PC by discussing three easy methods. Each method will feature simple steps to enhance your listening and recording experience on your computer.

Using Apple Earbuds on a PC

If you don’t know how to use apple Earbuds on a PC, our 3 step-by-step methods will guide you through this process without much difficulty.

Method #1: Connecting Earbuds With a 3.5mm Jack

The older version of Apple Earbuds came with a 3.5mm jack, which can be plugged into a Windows laptop or PC by following these steps.

  1. Plug in Apple Earbuds in the 3.5mm port of your laptop or PC.
  2. Press the Windows key, type “Sound Settings” in the search box, and press the Enter key.
  3. Under the “Output” section, click the “Choose Your Output Device” option.
  4. Set the output device as “Headphones“, and the audio will play via Apple Earbuds.
  5. Scroll down to “Choose Your Input Device” and select “Headphones” for using the mic.
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You have successfully connected and configured Apple Earbuds to use them on your PC.

Method #2: Connecting Earbuds With a Headphone Splitter

If your PC does not have a 3.5mm jack, you’ll have to find two ports indicating input and output for your audio. But don’t get confused; you can still attach your Apple Earbuds to use the mic and headphones by following these easy steps.

  1. Plug the headphone splitter’s mic and headphone jack in the PC mic and headphone ports.
  2. Plug in your Apple Earbuds in the input port of the headphone splitter.
  3. Go to “Sound Settings” and set “Choose Output Device” as “Headphones“.
  4. Scroll down to the “Output” section and select “Headphones” from the “Choose Input Device“.

You can now use Apple Earbuds on a PC for listening to music or recording.

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Keep in Mind

Ensure the sound drivers are updated on your Windows operating system so the PC can recognize your Apple Earbuds.

Method #3: Connecting Earbuds With a Lightning Jack

If you have the newer version of Apple Earbuds with a lightning jack instead of 3.5mm, follow these steps to connect it to a PC with an extended lightning connector.

Step #1: Attach the Lightning Adapter

Plug in the lightning jack of your Apple Earbuds with the lightning connector. Connect the USB-A end of the connector with your PC and wait until it recognizes the device.

Step #2: Configure Earbuds With a PC

After the PC recognizes the device, right-click the speaker icon featured on the lower-right corner of your screen. Select the “Sound” option from the pop-up menu to see all the input/output devices.

Go to the “Recording” tab to select the “External Mic” from the list, click the “Set as default” button from the window, and click “Apply“. The audio playback channels by default through headphones, so you don’t have to change that. After applying these settings, you can use Apple Earbuds on a PC.

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Quick Tip

Using the lightning connector with USB-A instead of USB-C output is preferable, as the USB-A port is very common on almost every Windows PC.

Choosing Earbuds Microphone From Multiple Devices on PC

If your PC has multiple headphones and microphones connected, you can perform a hearing test from Sound Devices and set your Apple Earbuds as default. Right-click the speaker icon on the right corner of the taskbar and select the “Sound” option.

Click the “Recording” tab to find multiple devices. Carefully speak into the mic of your Apple Earbuds to test the audio device. As you talk, you will see green bars fluctuating on the screen, indicating that you are using that specific device. Select that device and click “Set as default” to use it as a mic.


In this guide on using Apple Earbuds on a PC, we’ve discussed different ways to connect and use your older and new Earbuds versions with your Windows computer.

We’ve also discussed how to use the Apple Earbuds as your default audio input hardware from multiple audio devices. We hope our guidelines were insightful and easy to understand. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Apple AirPods work with a Windows PC?

You can connect Apple AirPods to your Windows PC. To do this, put your AirPods in the case. Now, press and hold the button located on the back of the case until you see the status light starts blinking white. At this point, you will see the”Add a device” window on your PC’s Bluetooth menu. Pair and connect your AirPods to use them on your Windows PC.

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